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Eating our own

September 8, 2016
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The vegetable patch is an annual project, which reminds me of Tom Hanks in the movie Forrest Gump and the famous quote “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get”. Well, in this case, when you plant seeds at in the spring, you never know what all will the vegetable patch give you during the season.

Again we have been very lucky! Like I’ve mentioned in earlier posts during the season, we’ve been eating so much salad it’s surprise we didn’t turn into rabbits. I actually didn’t take any pictures of the salad this year. How is that possible? Oh well, you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Growing your own potatoes still continues to be something that amazes me, even after already several years of successful experience. This year we ate the first potatoes already around the middle of August and there’s still some left in  the ground; I expect we’ll eat the last ones around the beginning of October.

This year, for the first time as I recall, we actually did not take all of the potatoes out of the ground in one go, but we’ve left them in and take only as much, or little, as we need at a time. This has proved to be a good solution, as the remaining potatoes are naturally much bigger as they have more time to grow in the ground.

Also I took a slightly different approach with the carrots. Earlier years I haven’t been so good about weeding out the little plants that spring up from all those tiny carrot seeds. Well this year I was quite strict and showed no mercy in the weeding, leaving a good 7-10cm between the remaining plants. This showed again clearly in the results:

carrots

The carrots are much bigger and thus also have much more taste. Almost wish we had more than we do as they are so good. Maybe next year… With carrots the approach is the same as with the potatoes, we only take as much out of the ground as we need at a time. We had so much less carrots, that I expect the carrots will all be eaten up in the next couple of weeks.

Rhubarb surprised us with a small crop still – this went into a apple-rhubarb crumble.

rhubarb

Also we grew herbs: parsley and thyme. These I’ve cleaned and frozen – planning to use them in cooking and baking during the winter. Just need to remember to dig them out from the freezer, otherwise I’ll still find them there when I’m growing the next patch during next winter!

But that rounds up the vegetable patch for this year. The wait is still on to see what happens to the pumpkins!

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